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Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), represented by James Anquandah, Communications and Mobilisation Associate, has participated in a workshop in Tamale to develop key messages for youth and peace building during the November 2016 elections. The workshop, a pre-Young Peace Ambassadors’ Camp 2016 activity, developed the core content for messages on the 321 service, a free voice and SMS service that gives callers information on various topics.

The Young Peace Ambassadors’ Camp 2016 is a week-long event that will train 30 young people selected from the Tamale, Navrongo- Bolgatanga and Damongo Catholic Dioceses. The Camp, which comes off from the 1st of May to 7th May, 2016 in Sunyani, will train and deploy youth leaders to promote sustained peace and conflict transformation in their communities before, during and in the immediate aftermath of this year’s general elections.

The 321 service provides callers with useful information on different topics ranging from health, sanitation to youth and peace building. The service, powered by Human Network International (HNI) is available on Vodafone.

The content development team comprised the CRS Peacebuilding Coordinator, Mutaru Muminu, the Tamale Metro Director of the Electoral Commission, the Northern Regional Directors of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the National Youth Authority (NYA), as well as representatives from the Tamale and Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Dioceses.

The Young Peace Ambassadors’ Camp, a collaboration between YES-Ghana and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is part of the CRS’ ‘Promoting Peace in Northern Ghana Project’. The project targets communities in the Northern and Upper East regions under the Catholic Diocese of Damongo, Tamale, and Navrongo/Bolgatanga. Thirty eligible youth leaders, from the three Dioceses have been identified and selected, through an open and competitive process.

The selected Youth Peace Ambassadors will be equipped with capacities in promoting peaceful elections and preventing electoral violence through the use of information communications technology. Activities that utilize platforms such as radio, dramatizations, photography, sports, dance, music and art to promote peaceful elections and non-violence will be adopted by the selected peace ambassadors in order to send peace messages out to youth in the two regions.